DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — A 4-month-old baby who died at a day care operated out of a Georgia woman's basement was laid to sleep on his stomach and left for nearly three hours, according to police documents obtained by a news outlet.
The child was found unresponsive at the day care in Dunwoody on Feb. 3, authorities said. Little Lovey Daycare owner Amanda Hickey, 45, was charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death.
Documents obtained by WSB-TV allege Hickey told investigators she put the baby down for a nap in a playpen and laid him on his back, in line with state regulations, but the child rolled over onto his stomach. Security video, however, showed Hickey actually placed the infant facedown and did not return to check on him for hours, according to authorities.
Hickey later discovered the child was not breathing and called 911. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Warrants said Hickey was watching at least seven other children at the time. State guidelines mandate that home day cares accommodate only six children and two additional children on a part-time capacity.
Hickey’s lawyer said she plans to plead not guilty and will seek to be released on bail. She remained jailed Tuesday, according to DeKalb County records.